There are no home built DVRs that work with HD, except for antennae based HD content. The cable stream is encrypted, and they only license decryption rights to all in one vendors, so no MythTV. I think you can buy a prebuilt Windows Media Center PC that will do it though?
Fuck Comcast! They’re not the company I deal with around here, anyway. I suppose I can continue to use the old VCR if I really want to record something. I’m tired of being nickel and dimed to death by all companies everywhere.
go grab a tivo series 3 and rent 2 cable cards (for TWC/comcast a cable card is only $2-3 a month vs $10+ for a STB) plus add the tivo subscription fees on top of that.
I don’t believe a Vista box with cable card is available yet on shelves? I might be wrong. If somebody has found one please point the way. Did the ATI OCUR ever make it to market or did it die a horrible screaming death due to the paranoid content providers?
Grab an MCE box and slap on an hdhomerun (hdhr) for two clear qam tuners for HD content (again only broadcast channels and probably 30 or so analog tier equivalents show up in clear qam digital) or you can roll your own htpc and go with mythtv,gbpvr, beyondtv, sagetv, etc. ZERO monthly fees going this route. Also, ZERO ability to record HD premium content.
Grab a STB with an enabled firewire port and hope your provider doesn’t 5C protect all the good content (but they probably do so this is more than likely a dead end)
Or you do what I do since either way you are basically screwed. Go with the lowest digital tier lineup, grab an hdhr (or two if you need more tuners), pick the pvr software of your choice, and learn to live with just broadcast HD shows and just say screw it all to hell for the payed premium stuff. I’ve got too much tv to watch as it is anyways.
We’ve got DirecTV, so this doesn’t exactly apply, but the new HD-DVR they just gave us to replace the DirecTV/Tivo-bastard-box is so much nicer to use than the Tivo box I can’t believe it. Are all cable DVR solutions universally bad? Surely some of them might be nice like the DirecTV DVR we now have.
You can’t go wrong with the great interface on the HD TiVo (Series 3), and it’s a lot better than rolling your own. Since it has dual CableCARDs which will let you view premium channels from your digital cable subscription, it will let you view far more HD content than those which relies only on antenna or over the air. It’s also cheaper up front than rolling your own, although it has a monthly fee. You can also download Amazon Unbox videos, although I’m unsure if they offer high-def content for that service.